Search Results: "Claudio Muñoz"


BOOK REVIEW

JAKE’S BEST THUMB by Ilene Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"A terrific twist that combines two well-worn plots in one successful tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Jake's left thumb is his best thumb, wrinkled from sucking, "a prince among thumbs," according to Jake's uncle. Read full book review >

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CAPTAIN AND MATEY SET SAIL by Daniel Laurence
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"And Muñoz's slaphappy, brisk illustrations are perfectly matched to the silly story and are invaluable aids in helping new readers get the gist of the words. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
A handful of cockamamie pirate tales that will have beginning readers chortling along as Captain and Matey squabble their way through silly adventures. Read full book review >

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COME BACK, GRANDMA by Sue Limb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 1994

"A simply told story with unusual resonance. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Bessie is well loved, but can't always find someone to play with; her parents are busy, and little Krishna next door isn't ``allowed out much.'' Still, Bessie has Grandma, who reads aloud, plays games (even hopscotch), and always has ``time for Bessie.'' When Grandma dies, Bessie tries to imagine heaven, where her mother says she is, and wonders if Grandma could have been reborn as an animal, as Krishna suggests; still, Bessie goes on missing her until, years later, Grandma is recalled in a very special way. Read full book review >

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AHWOOOOOOOO! by Yannick Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: June 12, 2006

"It is a tender, sometimes humorous journey that evokes the yearning of childhood while setting forth the virtues of the multi-generational family. (Picture book. 4-6)"
"I want to howl," says Little Wolf. Read full book review >

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JUST ANOTHER MORNING by Linda Ashman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"Even children well aware of the pleasures of Pretend will trail along admiringly in the wake of this very Young Indiana Jones. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Though he doesn't retreat so far into the Id as Max in his wolf suit, here's a lad who wakes surrounded by live zoo animals (plush, in the pictures), tiptoes past sleeping "giants" and rappels down a stepped "mountain" to get to the kitchen, confronts a voracious, sucking monster in the utility closet, then goes on to further adventures indoors and out before one of those "giants" snags him for a bath, a cuddle, and a nap. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DREAM DANCER by Jill Newsome
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2002

"A polished pas de deux from a pair of pros. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In their second collaboration, husband-and-wife team Newsome and Muñoz (Shadow, 1999) effectively encapsulate the elusive essence of dance with the joyful story of a little girl named Lily and her tiny wooden dancing doll. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOBODY LIKES ME! by Fay Weldon
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"The happy ending, with overdue warmth between mother and child, rings true, despite the confusing set up, and Mu§oz provides raucous illustrations of parties to which every child would want to be invited. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In her first book for children, Weldon (Wicked Women, p. 417, etc.) tells the story of an angry young fellow: Rex tears up a party invitation, snarls at his mother, and splashes his sister before taking refuge under his bed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TÍA ISA WANTS A CAR by Meg Medina
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"A pleasant tale of determination. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Tía Isa dreams of buying a big car, green like the ocean that surrounds the island that she, her brother Andrés and their niece left to move to the United States. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE PIG FIGWORT CAN’T GET TO SLEEP by Henrietta Branford
ANIMALS
Released: March 18, 2002

"Young readers will surely predict what's next: the last series of vignettes shows the once-perky porker as he finally settles down to sleep. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Struggling to sleep, the late Branford's (The Fated Sky, not reviewed, etc.) porcine star embarks on a series of adventures in this satisfying bedtime fantasy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WEST OF THE REVOLUTION by Claudio Saunt
NON-FICTION
Released: June 16, 2014

"A welcome amplification of the American story."
A multilayered American history of "formative events…occurring not just along the Eastern Seaboard but across all of North America." Read full book review >

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INFERENCES FROM A SABRE by Claudio Magris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 18, 1991

"General Krasnov remains as incomplete as the sabre from which all these inferences are drawn."
A very short (85-page) hybrid of a novel—essentially a lightly fictionalized investigation of real people and real events—by Italian author and critic Magris (the nonfiction Danube, 1989). Read full book review >

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A DIFFERENT SEA by Claudio Magris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 1995

"A poignant portrait of failure and undaunted resilience to continue despite it."
From acclaimed Italian writer Magris (Inferences from a Sabre, 1991, etc.), one of those slender European novels that earnestly explore the meaning of life in exquisitely calibrated prose. Read full book review >